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At US Social Forum Max Rameau talks about housing justice listen

06/24/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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More than 10,000 social and political activists are gathered in Detroit this week for the U.S. Social Forum. They hope to build a movement to discuss solutions to the economic and ecological crisis facing the United States.

One such activist is Max Rameau, of Miami’s Take Back the Land movement. They garnered international press by setting up shanytowns to house the homeless and more recently, by taking over foreclosed properties and moving in entire homel...

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Tampa activist reacts to resignation of Miami Police Chief Timoney listen

11/11/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Miami officials announced today that their city’s Police Chief is stepping down. Chief John Timoney says he will stay on the job until a new chief is selected. Also today, newly elected Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado was sworn in. He has indicated he wanted to remove Timoney from the position.

Timoney was Miami’s police chief for seven years, but many activists remember him best for how he handled protests in 2003 against the Free Trade Area of the Americas, or FTAA. Tampa activist Kelly B...

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Refugee settlement is subject of conference listen

01/26/09 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Florida receives the largest number of refugees in the country, about 25,000 every year, says Hiram Ruiz director of the state's Refugee Services Program in the Department of Children and Families.

The program assists refugees in the resettlement process. Refugees face barriers when they are arrive including the language barrier, Ruiz says. Another barrier is the different cultural context. Many of the refugees have lived in a rural setting in their home country or have lived in refugee ...

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